My introduction to persimmons came quite a few years ago when I was teaching 6th grade at Dolores Huerta Elementary school. My Aunt Ruth, a retired teacher herself, just happened to come out of retirement and take on the school library as head librarian. What fun to have my Aunt in the same school as I! One fall day she appeared with a plate of cookies. And not just any cookies, persimmon cookies! Being a foodie, I was love-struck! I had to have the recipe and since that day I've made my own batch of persimmon cookies every fall.
This year, since I've gone wheat and gluten free, I gave myself the challenge to change up Aunt Ruth's recipe and give my digestive system some cookie love without the pain. The recipe that follows is my new version of an old recipe.
~ sans wheat and gluten!
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 2 Hachiya persimmons, ripe
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 cups Pamela's Ultimate Baking Mix
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- Heat oven to 350* F.
- Peel the ripe persimmons and place in a food processor along with the baking soda and pulse until smooth.
- In a stand mixer, cream butter and egg until smooth. Add persimmon pulp and mix throughly.
- Add Pamela's Mix, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and agave nectar. Mix on medium speed until blended well like a soft cookie dough.
- Place spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Finish cooling cookies on baking rack.
If you're feeling adventurous add some crushed walnuts to the dough or maybe even some chocolate chips!
So here's to Aunt Ruth and her persimmon cookie recipe, because of her I have a delicious cookie and a family tradition to pass down to my girls. Though persimmons only come once a year and for such a brief window of time, that makes me appreciate them all the more.
What traditions do you celebrate with your family during the fall?
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The two different types of persimmons
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